Rated 5 out of 5 by JustNed Excellent product if price is not a concern.
I replaced a JBL SB400 soundbar with this and it is worth the extra bucks. See the cons and pros below. Overall I recommend whoever want high quality stuff get this one if price is not a concern.
Very good build quality, heavy and made of high quality material. I replaced my JBL SB400 which is very plastic-y, this one is metal made.
1. Good surround effect, especially playing bluray. Much Much better than SB400
2. Good voice clarity when voice level is selected
3. easy setup, pairing BT, SW is powerful
4. Music is better than I thought
5. Not made in China if anyone cares
1. price is ok considering the build quality, but still pricey
2. hdmi inputs are a bit crowded
3. interference, BT sound skip if wireless router is nearby
4. will block the TV remote sensor if put on tv table, the sound bar is big (50% bigger than JBL SB400). bty IR sensor is included.
5. inputs need to go through a round of selections on the remote. Should include separate buttons.
October 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Peter1958 Excellent Unit with few Design Flaws
I bought this sound bar with 65" 4K TV and the media player. 4K TV gives great TV quality, sound bar plays excellent quality sound and the HD Media Player plays fantastic HD content. The only problem is these don't operate seamlessly. Some times, the TV doesn't recognize the sound bar even though it's on. Playing movies from the HD Media Player is a disaster. The user interface is the opposite of Apple. The menu system on the 4K TV can be better designed by a 4 yr old. This leaves a lot to be desired as well. This is the top of the line that Sony sells and these interfaces and connections between the units, could have been designed much better. I bought Sony/Google Blue Ray Player couple of years ago and was disappointed as well. I gave this a 4 star because each of these units provide impressive quality picture/sound/HD Media and I would give them a 1 star rating for the user interfaces and connectivity between these units.
May 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SOBELIVING Meets this Girl's Expectations
I have always been a fan of Sony audio products, but I would not consider myself tech savvy. I was looking to replace an outdated wired surround sound system of another brand in my living room and get better speakers for my Sony Bravia. I live in a condo with concrete walls, so hiding wires was not an option. I wanted it to work with my I-pad/Pandora and Apple TV. I was tired of all the wires and dusting around multiple speakers, so I opted for this wireless sound bar system. It was so easy to set up and I love the sound in my medium sized room! My Apple TV and Sony BD player are wired into my Sony Bravia TV via HDMI, so I simply used the surround sound's optical digital cable to connect the TV. I now only have two components and amazing sound. Less clutter and simple to use makes this modern girl happy! Now, I only worry that my neighbors downstairs will start to complain about the bass!
August 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cleaver Simply Amazing Sound
This soundbar and subwoofer replaced a mid range tuner with a Bose five speaker system. It is attached to my cable box, Blueray DVD/CD player, AppleTV, and my Vinyl record turntable.
First and foremost the sound. The whole reason you bought it. It way surpassed even my most optimistic expectations. It is much better at everything than my old system.
Movies have a much more theater sound. But even with movies where the base booms your walls, you can set the voice enhance setting so you can actually hear and understand the dialog of every scene.
Music sounds awesome. Again much better than my old system. Comparing this to my old "true" surround system, I way prefer the the overall music experience. The music just sounds better. I even hooked up my vinyl turntable, which had a pre-amp, to the AUX input, and again, it sounded much better than my old system.
TV can be set so you always hear the dialog, TV movies sound much better than I have ever heard them, and you can turn on a feature so commercials don't have a higher volume than shows.
This is such a fine product I was tempted to not include these. But maybe Sony can use the feedback to improve future products.
First, with the HDMI control settings there does not seem to be a way to turn off the sound bar and have it turn off the TV and leave the cable box on. Since cable companies send updates to the box continuously they recommend you keep it on all the time. So, if you turn off the TV but not the soundbar you still get the TV sound. So I have found you have to turn the TV and soundbar on and off separately. Annoying to say the least. Sony needs a way to have one of the HDMI connections not send a "turn off" message to an attached device when the soundbar is turned off.
Second, the remote is very hard to use in the dark. It is incredibly stylish and sleek, but the rocker placement is hard to remember, and there is no backlighting.
August 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PianomanAndy Simply Great
I have been playing/teaching music for the last 53 years… so I know what I hear….I had a Sony Tuner/amp with a pair of Bose 701 speakers and a center channel. When I redecorated the family room, I streamlined with a new Sony 55 - 900 A tv…..I heard the HD sound bar with wireless sub at the Sony store … fell in love with them …. I wish there might be just a little more control to shape the sound sometimes But I don't miss my old system a bit…Simply Great
May 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Hkg1rds Sony ST7 Soundbar
Soundbars are soundbars. They can never match the surround audio quality of a true surround wired system. People look to soundbar for good reasons and especially when a wired solution is not an option.
I have had this soundbar for several months now to replace a Yamaha YSP4000 which is also a soundbar with 40 individual speakers. That didn't work for me because I had no walls to properly reflect the sound waves to achieve a good sound image in my living room.
This Sony is as good as it goes where soundbars are concerned. It is well built, attractive and the sound is awesome for a soundbar. Music sounds great also unlike many other soundbars which are hopeless for music. People knock it for its price but it is really unique with all those nice features. Buy a Sonos and you are stuck with that optical connection and no DTS. Costs more also. I compared the two and settled for the Sony. If you want something better, get yourself a wired solution or wait awhile for the next generation of soundbars to satisfy your needs. This Sony unit has set a bar that other manufacturers will soon pay heed to follow. If you wait, you will still never be able to catch up with new technology. You will simply be chasing the ghost of a soundbar you can call perfect for your needs. I am enjoying my movies and my music in the meantime while others wait around. I wanted to give it 41/2 stars instead of 4 that it deserves.
January 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by gjlang Decent sound
This definitely is an improvement over TV speakers. Certainly not surround or even stereo as all channels come from one box. You can hear stereo standing 2 feet from the box but not across the room. Speakers aren't angled to the sides so there is no wall bouncing of sound. Straight at you. Also, I can't believe there's no equalizer to customize. Instead, Sony seems to think all people's tastes fall into 4 sound modes. Football mode is useless. Of the other 3, one amps the highs, one amps the lows and one amps the midrange. I personally prefer amped highs and lows with mids turned down and I can't get that with this unit but again it does sound pretty good. Also, this bar doesn't have USB source inputs. I have 2 USB sources hooked to my TV so I left all sources hooked to my TV because I don't want to source the bar and TV. Thus one easy HDMI-ARC cable connection to the bar. One annoying thing is the volume control. This bar has 50 levels and my TV has 100. Since the bar takes over the volume control each tick equals 2 levels on my TV. I'm not used to changing 2 levels at a time. But all in all, very easy hook up (one cable#, very good sound #don't expect any channel separation), and excellent bass from the wireless sub woofer. Some people say this system is pricey for what you get. I'm not sure. I just know I'm pretty happy with it.
October 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by haragr I am honesty stunned!
I picked up my HT-ST7 sound bar from the Sony Store in Denver just last night. I was told I was the first person to buy it at their location, that they had just received delivery the previous day. I bought the unit with some apprehension - after all, how good can a sound bar sound. Nevertheless, I decided to take the plunge and bought it.
First of all, the build quality on this thing is AMAZING! Both the sound bar and the Subwoofer are fairly heavy and beautifully finished. And the Remote... OMG... it's a work of art in itself... wow!
My loft living space is about 15'x40', with the sitting/TV area is 15'x15'. Connecting the sound bar to my 65" XBR LED TV (and what a spectacular TV it is) was very easy. I connected the HDMI Out from my PS3 into the HDMI In of the Sound Bar, and then the HDMI out from the sound bar into the TV. I decided that the first blu-ray I was going to watch was Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows. I was stunned!! The soundstage sounded so much bigger than I had expected. I could not believe I was listening to a sound bar and not a true 5 channel system. The movie is encoded with 5.1 sound btw. Tonight, I watched The Adventures Of Tintin which is encoded with 7.1 channel sound. UNREAL!! There were times I actually thought I was listening to a true multi-channel system. The subwoofer is awesome as well and doesn't sound overbearing at all and is fairly smooth as well. The remote allows you to choose from three different subwoofer bass tones, which is very nice.
So far I am hugely impressed with this piece of equipment and would highly recommend it to anybody who's looking for a compact home theater system that sounds incredible. You won't be disappointed.
August 12, 2013